This picture was taken outside the home of Don Meyer, my grandfather, the day we were packing up his house after he passed away. He planted this pin oak tree in his front yard when it was just a sapling. It's so big, I couldn't properly capture it on film. One can only imagine how deep the roots run underground to support such a tree. And it got me thinking....
Even yesterday, I was chatting online with my friend Kari, and we started talking about the idea of leaving behind a legacy for our children and our children's children. It again made me think of my grandfather who, at the ripe age of 95, went home to be with the Lord this past May. I said to her, "now there's a legacy!"
In the first chapter of Matthew, Jesus' geneology is listed, proving he was truly born a king. There's a reason we call Him the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!
This is a wonderful time of the year to share your family's heritage with your children. Tell them stories about their grandparents and great grandparents. If they are still alive, take the time to "interview" them on camera. That video will be a timeless classic for generations to come. I sat down with my grandfather several years ago to interview him on camera, and let me tell you, it will be something we'll all treasure for the rest of our lives and hopefully something my children and their children will love watching for years to come.
When you have an opportunity, make a family tree and fill in the names of your family members. Dig out pictures and share stories. Many baby books have a place for you to fill in your tree. Make sure you do this for your children. Your children will love knowing how they are connected to the family. This is one tangible way they can truly learn their identity!
It's amazing. With the passing of my grandfather came a renewed appreciation for my ancestors and the stories I hear the rest of the family sharing about them. This is how we keep our memories alive. This is how we truly honor our heritage.
The Lord swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke:
"One of your own descendents I will place on your throne..."
How deep are your roots? How connected are you, not only to your earthly family but to your heavenly Father? This is a wonderful time of year to get reconnected. May the Lord bless you and your family as you share stories and memories with those you love.